Re: Along the charter school discussion...Flagstaff Academy?
    Knows better

    "A large number of Flagstaff teachers recently presented at the
    recent CK conference. (The most of any CK school)."

    Ok, Terri,

    Sounds nice, but how many of those teachers are returning for the
    2008-2009 school year? And, why did the principal suddenly resign
    before the end of the year?!? Sounds a bit fishy to me too.

    Building a larger building and hiring more teachers does not
    automatically bring the students to fill it. Although I bet the
    board is pretty desperate to fill it as much as possible in order
    to pay for the shiny new building.

    Just a reminder, charter schools have to spend part of their per-
    pupil money for their building (unlike public schools), so that's
    why adminstrators, teachers, paras, etc. are paid less than in a
    public school. They also have less money for textbooks and
    classroom materials and for other resources like special ed.
    Teachers have to work harder and be even more resourceful to take
    care of their students-no wonder staff turnover in the charter
    schools is so high. And, there is NO tenure/job security.

    On 4/02/09, Terri wrote:
    > The reason the school is hiring a bunch of new teachers is that
    > it is expanding and moving into a new building. They are adding
    > new tracks in K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and a preschool. A large number
    > of Flagstaff teachers recently presented at the recent CK
    > conference. (The most of any CK school).
    > On 4/01/09, The statistics in states that have studied their
    > charters wrote:
    >> On 4/01/09, COTeacher wrote:
    >>> Just an interesting note...Principal at Flagstaff resigns
    >>> (3/19/09)and now they are looking for a BUNCH of new
    >>> teachers in virtually every grade level and subject. Makes
    >>> you wonder...sure looks like more proof of the lack of
    >>> curriculum consistency and job security in the charter
    >>> schools!
    >> say that most charter school principals don't stay more than 2
    >> years (on average) and that they have double the teacher
    >> turnover of the public urban schools. So job security--no. By
    >> the way, most of the teachers who leave the charters never
    >> quit teaching instead of going to other schools. I think that
    >> is a good sign that they are traumatized by the experience